Nadal pulls out of Queen's to rest for Wimbledon

A dominant 6-2 6-3 6-1 win over Stan Wawrinka ended a three-year grand slam drought for the Spaniard and the "King of Clay" is now back on his throne.

Nadal wins 16 times from 19 head to head, with the three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka.

"It's been a while since I played a good Wimbledon", Nadal said in the wake of his crushing 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 victory here over Stan Wawrinka in the final. It's true that after 2012 what happened with my knees, it has been tougher and tougher to compete on grass.

Said the Swede: "Absolutely he is one of the main favourites now for Wimbledon". Last year, Nadal was forced to pull out of The Championships due to a persistent wrist injury.

In that spell, a fourth round run in 2014 was his best effort.

He said that he was sad to take the decision as everytime he had reached the Wimbledon final was when he had played at the Queens. Nadal, on the other hand, has also adapted his game to win five other slams on grass and hard courts. So I hope that my knees hold well and I can have the preparation that I really need and the preparation that I wanted. "I was hoping to take some days off and then be ready". "I think I'm more risky when I mix my game with good services, volleys and strong play from the base line".

So, everything, as far as Nadal's chances at Wimbledon are concerned, depends on how his body feels. It's a surface I really enjoy playing on.

He was aware of being within touching distance of the title in Australia in January when he was a break up in the final set only to lose to Federer.

"Life is never clear". "Winning these kind of titles, then you have chances to become any number (in) the ranking". "I am not an arrogant person".

Nadal won clay titles this season in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid in addition to Roland Garros. This has been his lowest ranking in seven years.

He leaked only 35 games - prompting former world number one Andy Roddick to quip on Twitter: "He lost 35 games in the entire tournament..."

Nadal captured the 2017 French Open title without dropping a set.

"In 2005, I thought in 2017 I'd be fishing on my boat in Majorca", he said.

"I think Rafa winning the French Open is less of a surprise because he'd done it nine times before".

  • Julie Sanders